Monday, 27 October 2014

a magic time

 Hello - hope you are having a great start to this new week ☺
I have a scrappy share!!  I was inspired by the October sketch from The Scrapbook Store to create this page.

 I just love this photo of my boys with their dad - it was taken recently on a weekend away at the beach.  We were watching the sun setting and it was a beautiful time of day.
I haven't added in a lot of pattern paper.  I like to work with a white base and create my own backgrounds.  For this page, I've created a mixed media feel in the background.
The sketch shows circles, but I've chosen to keep my photo's rectangle!
Here are a few close-up's:
 I love the shine these gold sticker letters give - I've also added in some sequins too.
 I love wood veneers - these hot air balloons worked well on this page.
The background is a combination of:  paper circles, texture paste with stencil, water colour paints, mist and ink.

In between a lot of other projects and busyness of life, this is my second scrapbook page for October.  Not so many ..................... but I'm glad to fit some in ☺

Creating with love + happiness

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

currently creative ....

 Hello creative peoples ☺  Today I'm linking up with 'Currently Creative' by Give a Girl a Blog - I find this a fun way to share what your up to and at the same time, find other creative people and see what they are creating too!!
It seems these days, I'm filling my house with crochet - whether that be with blankets or decorative bits ........... ☺
I have quite a few lovely books with plenty of great crochet patterns to try - so recently I used this 'Granny Square' book and crocheted up some covers for glass jars. 
 I used some cotton yarn that I received in my box for October from the Spring Jellywares Yarn Club.  It was perfect for this kind of project. 

 I've used a 3.5 crochet hook as the yarn is quite thin - it gives a lace-like look which I love.
 I intend to use these for my craft room and fill them with pens and other crafty items.  So far I've crocheted up these two but I have plans to add some more soon ..........
This bright orange is some crochet cotton that I bought in Bali last year - I have a whole box full of different colours, so I'll be putting it to good use soon.
I love having some smaller projects on the go ..........................

I will share some more after a little bit more progress.

Thank you for popping by.
Creating with love + happiness.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

precious days

 Hello - the school holidays have been and gone ..................... and we are now back in full swing in life's routines and the last term of the year!!  WOW, this year has flown by ☺
This past week, I've been creating a scrapbook page, using the October Prima Sketch as my starting point.
 I used a recent photo that is very special to me:  me with my mum and two sisters ♥
It's not that often we are all together, so we take the opportunities and get a picture to remember .
I used the Epiphany collection, Prima flowers and some Prima stamps. There's a bit of texture paste happening too with circle stencils.  Lots of fun little elements - I really enjoyed putting this one together.
Here are some close-up's:

 Layers of circles, sequins, flowers, ink and texture paste.  I've used an alphabet die-cut for part of the title == 'day'.
 I love the Prima 'stitched look' stamps!!  I've clustered some flowers over some twine here.
Some more layers and my journal strips.

Check out the Prima blog if you would like to join in too ☺   I love sketches - they are a great starting point to a page and for me - one of my sources of inspiration.

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Thursday, 2 October 2014

zucchini, chia + walnut cake

 Hello - hope your week is going well ☺ We are enjoying school holidays - so there's lots of lovely, relaxed days.
It's time for a recipe share - I've been making this one quite a bit lately!

I remember growing up as a young girl and watching my mum in the kitchen, baking and cooking away.  She always made lots of yummy food!  I think that's where I've got my love of baking from ☺ 
I have a note book with hand-written recipes - a collection of favourites that I remember my mum making.  I used the recipe below as inspiration for the recipe I'm going to share - I've tweaked the ingredient list just a little ☺
  

 Ingredients + Method
 3 eggs
100 gr rapadura sugar
100 gr macadamia oil, butter or coconut oil
1 zucchini
80 gr walnuts
200 gr spelt white flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder

Grate the zucchini by hand or in thermomix - 3 seconds Sp 5.
Set aside.
Beat together eggs + sugar - 30 seconds Sp 5
Add in oil/butter til all combined.
Add in all the remaining ingredients and mix together - I do this for about 10 seconds on Sp 4.  There is no need to over-mix!

Pour into a lined loaf tin or muffin cases - here I've made muffins - it makes 10 large size ones ☺
Bake in 180 degree oven for approx 20 mins or til done.
 This cake is moist and tasty!  I love it with a dollop of butter ☺ Enjoy for a yummy morning tea with coffee or tea.

I hope you will give these a go ..................................
Enjoy the weekend and I'll be back next week with something creative.

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

crochet

 hello + happy October ☺
I have a scrap page to share - it's been 'hanging around' on my desk for a few weeks - I did start it for a challenge but it got left behind ........ the other day I decided I should finish it!!
 It's a page about one of my favourite hobbies at the moment ☺ Crochet!!  This was a small project that I made - a snood - I love these colours and wanted to record a few thoughts about this hobby.
I've used bits from Heidi Swapp with the tags, colour shine and frames.  The silver stickers are also from her collection.
Here are some close-up's:


So another scrappy page done.  I hope October will bring plenty more ☺

Creating with love + happiness ♥

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

jellywares yarn club

hello - back with some more sharing from the crochet department ☺  I think this is fast becoming my favourite hobby!
I recently signed up for the Spring Jellywares Yarn Club which I came across on Instagram - I had seen some of my other friends making beautiful things from this club and I loved the idea of receiving crochet goodies each month and creating something with it!!  
 The September installment arrived - we received some lovely Noro yarn, a gorgeous calico hand-stamped project bag and a letter which included links to projects we might like to try ........................
I couldn't wait to get started!!
 I settled for a circular snood (scarf)  I've made this one before and thought this yarn would really suit the design, showing off the gorgeous colours.
As you can see, I couldn't wait to see all the colours in this ball of yarn, so I went about un-ravelling - probably not the best idea as I spent a little bit more time, rewinding the ball neatly, so I could crochet with it!
 Here is is all completed - I just love the array of colours.
 I used the v-stitch (again) ; has been one of my favourite stitches to work with lately.  I love the finished texture.
And here it is, sitting nicely around my neck. It wraps around twice and I can position it to show certain colours.
I've actually just placed a little order for some more of this amazing yarn - I'm planning to make the scarf a little longer and do another project.  The Noro yarn was beautiful to work with and it has a nice organic feel to it.
I can't wait to see what Jodie has planned for October ☺

Thanks for coming by.
Creating with love + happiness ♥

Saturday, 27 September 2014

crochet baby blanket

 hello ☺  oh this last week of Term 3 has been so busy and kept me away from here.  I have lots of projects 'on the go' at the moment - ranging from scrapbooking + canvas art to crocheting + baking goodies - so much to share ........................
Now it's school holidays - so happy about that - a bit more relaxed routine and spending time with my boys ☺

Today I'm sharing a special little project that I've been working on over the past weeks.  I stopped all my current crochet projects to get this one done!


 On a recent trip to Spotlight I came across some beautiful yarn - Baby Bella bamboo blend - 80% bamboo + 20% merino wool. 
It was going out on sale, so I grabbed a bundle in white with the plan to make a baby blanket for my sisters new baby☺
 I decided on a simple, straight-forward design and used the rope stitch (or v-stitch)
This is nice and quick!!  I only had a few weeks to make it ☺
 It was such a lovely yarn to work with - the end result was just beautiful and I was so pleased with it.  I did a border of five single crochet - adding in two rows of grey as I wanted to keep it neutral for 'boy' or 'girl'.
 The blanket falls really nicely and needed no blocking - I would definitely like to use this yarn again.
 I can't wait to see the little baby all wrapped up!!
I hand delivered the blanket a few days ago - my sister had a baby girl - such a beautiful little bundle - I'm a proud auntie ☺

Enjoy your weekend and see you soon ♥